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Judging a book by its cover

by David Haber

We finally have images of the covers of the American and British versions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and if these covers are anything like previous Harry Potter book covers have been, these new covers potentially tell us a lot of what is going to happen in Book 7.

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The US version looks just great, clean and simple at first sight, but contains a whole lot of details, and the feel is very dramatic. I do believe this is the world on the other side of the veil in the Dept of Mysteries.
The UK adult version looks pretty classy, sadly not very informative.
As for the UK kids' version... Harry looks like Jackie Chan, Hermione looks like she's about to throw up, and Ron seems to be looking at someone in horror, probably the guy who draw this monstrosity... though the scene is pretty darn interesting, and my guess is they're in Gringoths in search of one of the Horcruxes, that's supposedly hidden there... wonder why the artist chose this scene for the cover, though?

Posted by Verg from Bulgaria on April 5, 2007 5:27 PM

I believe the British cover shows our three heros trying to retrive one of the Horcruxes from a vault, prehaps at Gringotts. If this is the case, then it is most likely a Gringotts goblin on Harry's back. If the sword turns out to be Gryffindors however (I'm not sure) then I think this would probably be Dobby or maybe even Kreacher. Harry's attention apppears to be on the helmet so this is most likely the Horcruxes. Also Ron mentioned about dragons protecting some of the vaults at Gringotts in PS/SS, so this could be what they are battling.

Posted by Jeff from Tennessee on April 5, 2007 5:50 PM

If you look closely at British version you find that just below Ron there is a image of a large snake, perhaps Nagini and Ron is terrified at her sight. Maybe she is Guarding the horcruxes or voldemort has sent her to stop the trio from achieving its goal. Maybe they are at some place which is a hideout of nagini and the trio is here to catch and Nagini. Maybe they are surprised by something unexpected.
By the way I think Hermoine in the end as the cover page shows her being sucked in. This is a sign of for Hermoine.

Posted by Gaurav from Patna, India on April 5, 2007 10:38 PM

What could make Ron look that scared? A spider?

Posted by Fawkes on April 6, 2007 06:40 AM

Aside from Gringott's, there is also Borgin and Burkes
in Knockturn alley. Riddle worked there whilst hunting Horcruxes, it is a framiliar location to the stories and easily could have a vault..including the 'goblin made armor' purchased after Hepzibah Smith's . Their vault would also have tight security, aside from anything Voldemort put into play.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on April 6, 2007 08:54 AM

RE: the UK kids cover. Maybe the trio is at Gringott�s trying to recover the locket. Since it is suspected that Mundungus has pilfered it from the Black house maybe the vault belongs to whomever he might�ve sold it to.

Posted by Bart from Denver, Colorado on April 6, 2007 08:55 AM

Just a thought. What if the US version is not Voldemort and Harry fighting 'beyond the veil' but that they are in the ministry and we readers/viewers of cover are looking out of the archway - so we are staring out of the veil to the fight. I wouldn't put it past Voldemort to gather his eaters to watch the fight - I mean V has already had an aunce in GoF so he can prove he is more powerful than Harry.

Posted by Orlando from England on April 6, 2007 09:36 AM

Gaurav: If Nagini is in fact a Horcrux like some people think, I find it hard to believe that Voldermort send Nagini after Harry, after seeing what Harry did to the Basilisk.

Posted by Kyle from Kearney, Ne on April 6, 2007 10:46 AM

the U.K cover first, something weird is going on with Ron's robes at the neck, they are being pulled the wrong way. but maybe that is just the elf trying to hold on. What is with the bottles as well? Jewels and Armour would make sense if it was a vault but why would you store potions in a vault? they would just go off and make you ill if you drank them. maybe it's like in PS when one potion let you go forward and another let you go back. It also looks a bit like Ron is attempting to push something away whereas Hermoinie seems to be catching, an interesting contrast. Maybe I am seeing this because i want to but look at the larger coin the the left of the green bottle on the Armour does it have a lions head on it? that would underline the ruby-gryfindor connection.
the U.S cover. many people have said harry looks calm and collected where voldemort is scared. maybe this is because harry sees the silver stag that represents his father coming towards him?

Posted by konnie from leeds , England on April 6, 2007 12:44 PM

I looked very closely and meticulously and I am quite sure there is no scar on the U. S. Version. It is just a outcropping of hair.

Posted by Andy from Korea on April 7, 2007 03:14 AM

In the UK cover, I don't think that they can be in Harry's vault at Hogwarts, like some people suggested, because Harry would not have knights' armour in his vault, I think. And secondly, well... this is my own opinion, and I don not have much evidence to support it, but instead of looking at the archway at a horizontal angle, look at it in another way, and it instantly becomes a hole (perhaps in the floor..?) where the three friends are being sucked in. And maybe they are trying to grab hold of something to protect themselves from falling down under?

It was a rumor I was reading in a very old magazine that perhaps on of the characters would go on to the dark side for greed of money. I wonder if that could be Ron, because he IS wearing pretty good dress robes.

I just had another idea. Harry has to attend the wedding, right? Well, what if he actually decides not to, because all of a sudden he realises something BIG he has to do... maybe like a clue or something, and he just wears his old black robes to disguise himself in the shadows while he is travelling. He doesn't want Ron and Hermione to come with him, because he would be putting them in danger. However, they are not idiots, and in the middle of the wedding they realise that he is up to something, and they start to accompany him in his "adventure". How about that? I guess that explains the dress robes those two are wearing.

Posted by Ayesha Zahid from Lahore, Pakistan on April 7, 2007 03:37 AM

Ive always thought that the British covers were so much better. the Americans look like Japanese cartoons and harry looks like Pinocchio in all of them. Do Hermione's dress robes match the description of the yule balls dress?

Posted by stu from England on April 7, 2007 07:21 AM

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